- Jan 3, 2010
The News of Prime Minister of India Mr. Modi returning without laying wreath at Martyrs memorial and addressing BJP rally at Ferozepur was quite disturbing. I guessed it to be due to unexpected rain and tweeted on Facebook. Then appeared in news the comment from Mr. Modi passed at Bathinda to the officials that ‘Tell your CM that I have reached safe.” An interview with CM Punjab was then going on at News 18 Punjabi channel in which Mr. Channi said, “Modi ji had to return because the chairs in rally were 70,000 and there were only 700 of them were occupied.” Then came more serious counter claims from spokesmen of BJP’s Mrs. Irani and others saying: “It was a serious security breach. It was a conspiracy by CM of Punjab at the instance of Rajiv Gandhi and others to get the PM.” Kiran Bedi said, “PM was ambushed!” The blames went on and on in the Godi media specially.
Meanwhile I was going through Dr. J S Anand’s book ‘The Monster Within’, A quasi Fiction, third edition which had come to me for review. In Chapters on Political Narcissism, I find the following:
‘Politics must ensure that it creates such conditions in society as are conducive to human health, mental growth and evolution of a secular and cosmic outlook. But in actuality it is not doing so. The narcissists tend to collect all powers of the state in their own hands to control everything. Instead of the welfare of the people they think of their own welfare. Narcissism leads to dictatorial tendencies….. The politician who considered himself a humble servant of the people became the arrogant boss. The political power which earlier. was used for others, for public weal, turned its direction towards the self. And it started serving the selfishness of the leaders,’ (‘The Monster Within’, p. 40). Author termed it as political narcissism.
Narcissism is extreme self-involvement to the degree that it makes a person ignore the needs of those around them. While everyone may show occasional narcissistic behavior, true narcissists frequently disregard others or their feelings. They also do not understand the effect that their behavior has on other people. Narcissism is a self-centered personality style characterized as having an excessive interest in one's physical appearance and an excessive pre-occupation with one's own needs, often at the expense of others.
Does the present case of breach of security not fall within the definition of narcissism or political narcissism? What was wrong in calling one of the representatives of agitating farmers and listening to him and pacifying him rather them projecting and publicizing them as terrorists that they were not?